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Old 01-21-2008, 08:50 AM
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Dodge 1500 Coil Sprung Rear

Saw this at the Detroit Show last week.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/user_gall...174511&width=0

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Not sure exactly why they went this way, I'm assuming that it is probably easier to tune from a ride and handling standpoint, but I wonder about long term durability while fully loaded and / or towing.

The setup is actually probably similar to the Expedition / Navigator rear end.

What does everyone think about this?
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:30 AM
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Not sure exactly why they went this way, I'm assuming that it is probably easier to tune from a ride and handling standpoint, but I wonder about long term durability while fully loaded and / or towing.

The setup is actually probably similar to the Expedition / Navigator rear end.

What does everyone think about this?
I think that it is different, so everyone will fear it. If they fear it, they will malign it. It doesn't matter if it is good or bad.
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IMHO Dodge went this way ( coil springs ) for ride quality more than anything. I am very interested to see the difference in ride quality. As for towing, the 09 Ram is rated for 8700#'s ( around there ). I like the fact that Dodge hasn't tried to sugar coat the #'s for sake of advertising.
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This subject has already been beat to death in another thread, if I can just find it.

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Old 01-21-2008, 06:53 PM
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IMHO Dodge went this way ( coil springs ) for ride quality more than anything. I am very interested to see the difference in ride quality. As for towing, the 09 Ram is rated for 8700#'s ( around there ). I like the fact that Dodge hasn't tried to sugar coat the #'s for sake of advertising.

I mean seriously, now they are rating half tons for towing more than my 03 superduty, yet I STILL have a stronger frame, axles, and transmission. go figure.
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Well the off-road guys will like the ability to easily fit four-wheel coilovers on that thing I guess.
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It's nothing new, GM built 1/2 ton pickups with rear coil springs up until the '73 models (not sure what year they started). It's all about the trade-offs, slightly better ride, slightly less towing and hauling capability. Dodge is trying to be different because the 1/2 ton segment is getting so crowded everyone is looking for ways to stand out vs. the competition. At least the '09 Dodge has better looks IMHO than the current one.
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This subject has already been beat to death in another thread, if I can just find it.

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It was moved up to the "2009 F150" forum.

I prefer leafs over coils. I never see myself owning a dodge regardless though.
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